Mozart was born in 1756 and died at the age of 35. This film is both enveloping and enlightening as it gives the story of his life. In order to ensure an exact chronological reconstruction, the film has been written and directed masterfully. The main actors and actresses give rousing performances that captivate the audience. Charles Hazlewood, who is the conductor and admired composer, gives the film an enlightening and insightful aspect (Branagh, 1990).
Story begins with Leopold, Mozart’s father with whom Mozart regularly carried out correspondence. Mozart’s secrets were well known by his father. The voice of the music can also be clearly heard from the background. The grand piano works in this film are part of the music which is a key to unlocking Mozart’s emotions. It is this key that helps us to comprehend the emotions that are the origin beautiful sounds ever heard in the world. The first phase of Mozart’s life was that of a genius who began to redraft the rules of music though working within the borders that were brought about by his time. Mozart was gifted both as a music writer and singer (Branagh, 1990).
Another phase of Mozart’s life is also depicted. He thought like an adult who was well aware of the principles and standards of the Enlightment period. He spoke most European languages and was remarkably well read. Mozart was also a freemason and an Austrian Catholic. But above all these, he was a composer who had resolved to succeed in an area seen as rewarding and most complex – Opera. He believed he had strong powers to do so. The language of orchestral and influential writing was well mastered by Mozart especially when nearing the end of his life. An amazing burst of ingenuity was provoked by both loss and love. His creativity is clearly visible in his last three works of symphonies written in six weeks. These are numbers 39, 40 and 41(Branagh, 1990).
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